The Great and Only Barnum

The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

By Candace Fleming; Ray Fenwick (Illustrator)
(Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375841972, 160pp.)

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

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Description
"Step right up Meet the astounding . . . the amazing . . . P. T. Barnum
"The award-winning author of "The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary," "Amelia Lost," and "Our Eleanor "brings us the larger-than-life biography of showman P. T. Barnum. Known far and wide for his jumbo elephants, midgets, and three-ring circuses, here''s a complete and captivating look at the man behind the Greatest Show on Earth. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 inches tall) and his tinier bride (32 inches); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy to the 19th century and beyond. Drawing on old circus posters, photographs, etchings, ticket stubs--and with incredible decorative art by Ray Fenwick--this book presents history as it's never been experienced before--a show-stopping event.



About the Author
Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including "Ben Franklin's Almanac, " an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!";" Gabriella's Song"; and "When Agnes Caws"; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Ray Fenwick is an artist, illustrator, and author living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of the graphic novels Hall of Best Knowledge and Mascots.
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